In another tweet, UIDAI reiterated that Aadhaar enrolment is free and card seekers must not pay any charges to any agent or operator for enrolment.
Aadhaar holds all vital information of an individual such as name, date of birth, gender, photo and address, and also biometrics.
UIDAI systems are being readied for the facility and necessary legal measures are to be notified soon, UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey said.
The notification now paves the way for use of various verification mechanisms -- Aadhaar eKYC where Aadhaar documents are given voluntarily, offline verification and Digital KYC (Know Your Customer) for opening bank accounts.
The Parliament, earlier this month, passed an amendment bill which allows voluntary use of Aadhaar as proof of identity for users to open bank accounts and get mobile phone connections.
The capacity in Vijayawada centre is half that of the Delhi centre.
The minister said 20.58 crore Aadhaar were generated in Uttar Pradesh, 11.69 crore in Maharashtra and 10.27 crore in Bihar.
Once locked, it will disallow the use of your Aadhaar number and associated data for authentication purposes. Individuals will have to generate a virtual pin to disable and enable the feature, via the UIDAI website or SMS facility.
Defending Aadhaar, the Infosys co-founder said it never collected data on individual.
UIDAI clarified that service providers usually collect Aadhaar number and other details directly from individuals for providing services.
The city police had earlier registered a case against IT Grids India for illegally using and storing information of crores of voters of Andhra Pradesh through 'Seva Mitra' mobile application allegedly used by the ruling TDP in AP.
According to the notification, the entities shall be required to deposit the authentication transaction charges within 15 days of issuance of the concerned invoice based on the usage.
The UIDAI claimed that the petition was no longer maintainable in view of the Supreme Court's last year decision in K Puttaswamy case in which it has upheld most of the provisions of the Aadhaar Act and the scheme.
The UIDAI told a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao that using Aadhaar biometrics to identify bodies would be contrary to the Aadhaar Act.
According to the interim budget tabled in Parliament on February 1, the budgetary allocation for UIDAI as per revised estimates for the current fiscal ending March 2019 was at Rs 1,345 crore against the original allocation of Rs 1,375 crore.
To a question on whether the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had received requests for opting out of the Aadhaar scheme, the minister gave an affirmative reply.
Also, the Telegraph Act and Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) rules will be amended to provide for voluntary use of Aadhaar for obtaining SIMs and opening bank accounts.
Sakshi Batra is in conversation with Gaurav Choudhury, Deputy Executive Editor, Moneycontrol to find out what the return of Aadhaar means for both customers and service providers.
Questions remain about 'Offline Aadhaar'. How will it work and whether it is a transparent and secure way of authenticating an individual's identity.
Pandey, a 1984 batch Maharashtra-cadre IAS officer, will continue to hold the charge as Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO as well as the Chairman of Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN).
UIDAI submitted before a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao that matching of biometrics, including fingerprints and iris, is done on 1:1 basis and Aadhaar number is required for it.
Since the SC verdict, UIDAI has clarified that service providers can also use offline verification tools like eAadhaar, masked Aadhaar and Quick Response (QR) code that leverage the unique ID without authentication or any access to biometrics
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The joint statement said, the Supreme Court has prohibited issue of new SIM cards through Aadhaar eKYC authentication process and there is no direction to deactivate the old mobile phones.
The line between a welfare state and a surveillance state is not a fine one and one cannot pass for the other.